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Comment: Re: And it's not even an election year (Score 2) 407

That was the point. You'd have to offer me the same kind of money to relocate, because I really don't want to run the risk of uprooting my family, only to get laid off in six months in a place where I have no roots. I've seen it happen too many times.

But this is a digression. The companies that complain they can't hire the talent they need are really saying that they can't afford to hire the talent they need. Hiring H-1Bs is a Band-Aid. The companies that complain that they can't even hire H-1Bs with the talent they need are forgetting that just as everywhere else, all the best Chinese and Indian workers are already taken.

One of the root causes of all this is that companies have mile-long must-have skill lists, and they expect to "install" new workers the way they install new PCs. Plug them in, turn them on, and they work starting right now. It used to be said that any new worker would take six months to a year to become truly productive. That hasn't changed, but somehow the industry has gone into a state of denial about it. The end result is even stupider: They spend more time looking for someone who is plug-compatible with the job than they would have spent hiring someone with the right basic skills and training them.

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 3, Insightful) 442

The other trick is that the law says that H-1Bs have to be paid "prevailing wages". But if you look at most large companies' salary bands, the bottom end of each band is often barely half of the top. So an H-1B can make, say, $60K, in the same position where the average employee makes $85K-$90K, with some making $110K, but since they're all within that position's stated salary range, the company is still not technically "underpaying" the H-1Bs.

Comment: Re:Not enough (Score 1) 258

by ebh (#48932119) Attached to: Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

Or if you have a Netapp with a decent support contract: A disk fails while you're asleep[1]. The filer notifies Netapp over a dedicated POTS line. Netapp overnights a new disk to you. You find out the next morning that the disk failed, via a call from the loading dock about a package for you. You pop in the new drive, activate one of your other hot spares, and configure the new drive as a new hot spare, all in less time than it took you to walk down to the loading dock and back.

[1] You don't have single disk failure alarms wake you up in the middle of the night because you configured your array to run with two failed disks.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.